Gibb Todd

Gibb Todd: Discography

The Kerries
  • The Kerries
    • 1967 - Major Minor Records MMLP9 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Coulter's Candy
    2. Big Mansion Hoose
    3. McTaggart (The Kerries)
    4. He Wrapped Me In His Coat
    5. The Gallows Tree
    6. Bonny Laddy
    7. Oh dear What Will I Do
    8. Gallant Forty Twa
  • Side Two
    1. A Gallon of Whisky and a Barrel of Beer (D. Behan)
    2. Bonny Lass o' Fyvie O
    3. Follow the Rovin' Ploughboy
    4. Never Wed An Old Man
    5. Coory Doon (McGinn)
    6. Will Ye Go Lassie Go
    7. Bonny Lass
    8. I'll Tell Me Ma

  • The Kerries
    • Kerry Todd: Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Lenny McIlhone: Guitar, Vocals
    • Gill Thurlow: Vocals, Penny Whistle
    • Ralph Overton: Guitar, Vocals
    • Gibb Todd: Vocals, Banjo, Tin Whistle, Mandolin
  • Credits
    • Producer: Tommy Scott

  • Related Releases
    • Coulter's Candy/A Gallon of Whisky and a Barrel of Beer (D. Behan): 1967 - Major Minor MM541 [7"]

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  • Lochan
    • 1983 - Celtic Music CM018 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Someday We'll See Them (Alex Campbell)/Battle o' the Somme
    2. O Gin I Were a Baron's Heir
    3. Sandy Anderson
    4. The Dark Island (MacLachlan)/MacLeod o' Mull/Barbara's Jig
    5. The Man You Don't Meet Everyday
  • Side Two
    1. Blue Bonnets Ower the Boder/Pibroch o' Donald Dhu
    2. The Lea Rig
    3. Songs o' Glencoe
    4. Drummond Castle Laudry
    5. Carraighdoun
    6. Kate Dalrymple/Minnie Hynd
    7. Scotland the Whitt

  • Musicians
    • Gibb Todd: Vocals, Banjo, Guitar
    • Billy Ormiston: Vocals, Mandola, Mandoline, Whistle, Guitar
    • Calum MacAulay: Accordion, Highland Pipes, Keyboards

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  • Connected
    • 2000 — Lochshore CDLDL1292 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Lonley Belnahua - (John Sheahan/Gibb Todd)
    2. Someday We'll See Them (Lawrie/Campbell)
    3. No More Stravaigin' (Gibb Todd)
    4. My Love is Like a Red Red Rose (Burns)
    5. The Final Trawl (Archie Fisher)
    6. Do You Think I Do Not Know (H. Lawson)
    7. Sister Maureens Waltz (John Sheahan)
    8. The Last Of The Tinkler (G. Todd/V. Jacob)
    9. George Campbell
    10. Blackwaterside
    11. Scarborough Settlers Lament (S. Glendenning)
    12. Carrickfergus
    13. Will Ye No Come Back Again

  • Musicians
    • Gibb Todd: Vocal, Guitar & Banjo
    • Alasdair Fraser: Fiddle
    • Elspeth Cowie: Harmony Vocal
    • Finbar Furey: Uillean Pipes, Banjo & Whistles
    • Fraser Speirs: Harmonica
    • Fred Lavery: Guitar
    • George Furey: Guitar
    • Jim Faulkner: Guitar
    • Joanie Madden: Whistles & Bass Flute
    • John McCusker: Fiddle, Mandolin, Whistles, Accordion & Bass
    • John Sheahan: Fiddle
    • Kate Rusby: Box, Harmony Vocal
    • Mike Katz: Small Pipes
    • Simon Thoumire: Concertina
    • Stuart Cameron: Guitar & Bass
    • Tony McManus: Guitar
  • Credits
    • Produced by John McCusker
    • Recorded at Riverside Studios' Glasgow, 1999
    • Engineered by Duncan Cameron
    • Except: "Red Red Rose" & "Carrickfergus"
      • Produced by Finbar Furey
      • Recorded in Dublin, 1995
    • Gibb Todd Photographs by Gordon Hotchkiss
    • Graphics: D. George

Sleeve Notes

My heartfelt thanks to Colin Hynd, without whom this album would not have happened, his support and encouragement were constant and unfailing, also to my wife, Annie, who supports and sustains me through the best and worst of times, is my best audience (and critic) and IS always there for me.

To all the great musicians for their input and their enthusiastic willingness to be involved in the recording — to my friends from Cape Breton Island, Fred Lavery and Stewart Cameron, to all Involved In "The Dublin Sessions" Finbar and George Furey, Jimmy Faulkner and, of course, John Sheahan who also recorded with me in Glasgow; to Tony McManus, Mike Katz, Joanie Madden, Fraser Speirs, Alasdair Fraser, Elspeth Cowie, Kate Rusby and Simon Ihoumire. Thanks, a million!

The final thanks, undoubtedly, must go to my producer John McCusker, who played everything, put the whole thing together and held it together with great stye, expertise and energy, and to Duncan Cameron at the Riverside for his engineering and constant patience and good humour. A final word to Gus, for having faith …

I hope you enjoy the album, as much as we enjoyed making it!
Best Wishes,
Gibb Todd

Lonley Belnahua
From the back shore of Easdale Island, Argyll (where I lived for a couple of years in the late 80's) can be seen the remains of old cottages on the Island of Belnahua. An old man on Easdale told me a story that, at he turn of the century, ninety or more men, women and children lived on the island surviving by fishing and from supplies (bread and fresh water etc.) delivered from the mainland. One supply of water, however, was tainted with typhoid from whlch all the Islanders died, Whether this story is apocryphal or not I do not know, I only know that I always wanted to write a song for the forgotten Belnahuans' but couldn't get the tune right. John Sheahan, the geat fiddle player with The Dubliners, kindly let me use thiS tune which he had witten about Norway while touring there with the band. Anyway, the tune always sounded much more Scottish to me, so here it is …

Someday We'll See Them
Alex (Campbell) wrote the words to this great World War I pipe tune "The Battle of the Somme', The song deals with the futility of war and is not as widely known as it might be, I found It on one of Alex's obscure German budget albums.

No More Stravaigin'Dedicated to the memory of Alex Campbell
As given in the Scots Dialect Dictionary a 'Stravaiger' was one who 'wandered, sauntered, a vagabond'. Alex Campbell, the Glasgow Folk Singer, guitarist, and banjoist, was a born Stravaiger, a true wandering minstrel. In the late 1950's he was one of the very few who made a living busking in the streets on the Left Bank in Paris, where he was known as "Le Cowboy Ecosse" because of the way he dressed and the songs he sang. He was the first person I ever heard sing a Woody Guthrie song in a Folk Club and the first person I ever saw wearing a denim jacket, jeans, cowboy boots and an ear-ring! His ramblings took him allover Europe for over 3 decades. During the 70's and 80's I'd run into him in Germany and Denmark where he was lionised and adored especially in Tønder in Southern Jutland, where he died in January 1987. He made over 100 albums in his time, sometimes for a straight cash deal. and not a lot of cash at that, but that's how he was. He always had a jibe at me for not being a solo artist as I was usually involved in trios or bands of one kind or another. Well, Eck, I finally did it … and I wrote you a song as well …

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
I recorded this in Dublin a few years ago with my good friend Finbar Furey.

The Final Trawl
A great Fisher song about the fishers! Archie's anthem to The Scottish Fishing Industry as was! He told me recently that he'd never recorded it, other than on a live recording in Canada with Garnett Rogers, which is where I got it.

Do You Think I Do Not Know/Sister Maureens Waltz
A love song from one of the two great Australian Poets, the other one being 'Banjo' Patterson. Lawson and Patterson were supposedly arch-rivals — however, I like to think that their rivalry was an early example of commercial 'hype' and that they really liked each other and spent many an hour sharing stories propped up in a bar somewhere.

The Last Of The Tinkler
A great Violet Jacob poem. The tune was based on a fragment I remembered from my Grandmother's singing.

George Campbell
This is a Texas (the state that is) version of 'Bonnie George Campbell', a great song from the Scottish North East. I got the song from a recording by Martin Simpson. I like the stark blunt way it deals, without sentiment on the theme of life and death.

A song from the Irish Tradition dedicated to the memory of two good men from Dublin; to Luke Kelly, the great Dubliners singer who used to sing it but never recorded it, and to Franko Griffin who loved to hear it sung … They are both missed and are, in their separate ways, responsible for me singing it here.

Scarborough Settlers Lament
Sandy Glendenning originally came from the Eskdalemuir Area but went to live in Canada in 1840 and settled in Scarborough, Ontario. Like many other exiled Scots, dreaming back to their homeland, he put all his feelings into the words of his songs, using the first part of the old Scots Air 'O a' the airts the wind can blaw' as his tune on this one.

I always wanted to recite something against Finbar's great Uillean Pipes and this seemed appropriate. Once again, recorded in Dublin.

Will Ye No Come Back Again
Lady Nairn's song for the deported Charles Edward Stuart, after his flight from Culloden to France via Skye. Over the last few years since I've been hosting the Celtic Connections Festival Club, this has become the final song of the festival as a fond farewell to all our friends, performers and audiences alike. On one of the first times I sang it, I did it acapella as usual but, halfway through the first verse I heard the beautiful sound of a fiddle playing behind me … it was the great Alasdair Fraser! It was a magical experience for me and has now also become part of the tradition … so I just couldn't possibly not ask him to join me again on this record!

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Goin' Home
  • Goin' Home
    • 2004 — Compass 4374 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Bell of Byron Bay
    2. Where the Bangelows Are
    3. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    4. The Last Trip Home
    5. Don't Put Taxes on the Women
    6. Canada
    7. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
    8. Goin' Home
    9. Strong Women Rule Us All
    10. Cape Cod Girls
    11. Norlin' Wind

  • Musicians
    • Gibb Todd: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
    • John Doyle: Guitar, Bouzouki
    • Andy Hall: Guitar
    • Alison Brown: Banjo
    • Stuart Duncan: Fiddle
    • Andrea Zonn: Strings
    • Danny Thompson: Double Bass
    • Garry West: Bass Guitar, Bodhrán
    • Kenny Malone: Drums, Percussion
    • Tim O'Brien: Background Vocals
  • Credits
    • Producer: Garry West
    • Engineer: Erick Jaskowiak

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Will You Come with Me Annie
  • Will You Come with Me Annie
    • 2010 - (?) CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Will you come with me Annie
    2. Ramblin'Boy
    3. I'll lay My Bones Far From theTweed
    4. Tiny Fish for Japan
    5. Serves 'em Fine
    6. Shenandoah
    7. The Banks of Marble
    8. The Wild Mountain Thyme
    9. Who Will Sing for Me
    10. My love is like a Red Red Rose
    11. The Man you Don't Meet every Day
    12. Hurry Home Darlin'

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